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e-Learning Days

In the event of a school closure due to inclement weather, learning expectations for all students continue through “e-Learning” activities, which will serve as student contact days. Thank you for partnering with us as we strive to provide meaningful, Minnesota State Standards-aligned, learning activities for our students.


At the Secondary Level (high school and middle school), learning activities may be Schoology based. At the Elementary Level, learning activities may be a combination of SCOREcards, Seesaw and Schoology assignments. SCOREcards, developed by your child's teacher, provide academic progress and knowledge for students, continue classroom instruction and provide an accountable means for students to show learning. Unlike Flexible Learning Days, students will be required to turn in their SCOREcard and teachers will be required to grade materials. Teachers will communicate when assignments are due.



When will teachers be available?

Teachers will communicate with parents/guardians regarding how students can get help (or ask questions) about their e-Learning Day SCOREcard assignments. Teachers will be available to students during regular school hours by phone, email or online processes (Schoology, Reading Plus Communication, etc.). The only time staff are not available is during their Prep Time, where they are preparing for upcoming school days, or lunch time.



Is attendance taken for an e-Learning Day?

Yes.  

At the elementary level, teachers will take attendance via email (or phone call) to parents/guardians. At the secondary level (middle and high school), after students log into the classes, their attendance will be verified. Students who do not log in will be contacted by their teacher to verify they are aware of the assignments for the day.



What if parents/guardians do not read or speak English?

Teachers will be able to communicate with parents/guardians who do not speak English using an over the phone interpretation Language Line.



What if the Governor cancels schools across MN on an e-Learning Day?

If the Governor cancels school statewide, then we will not have an e-Learning day and teaching staff will not report to work.  



What is the difference between Flexible Learning Days and e-Learning Days?

Flexible Learning Days are enrichment and continuation of learning on Professional Development days, while e-Learning Days are continuation of the curriculum on inclement weather days.



Why do we need e-Learning Days?

Learning expectations for all Robbinsdale Area Schools students continue even during inclement weather. E-Learning Days are a continuation of curriculum and classroom instruction.


Our plan is built upon the best practices of work already occurring in school districts across Minnesota, while adhering to Minnesota Statutes.  



Can families choose to opt out of e-Learning days?

Students whose family chooses to not participate in the e-Learning day are reported as absent. It is up to the school whether to consider this an excused absence, according to Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subdivision 12.


Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) e-Learning Days (MN statutes, section 120A.414)

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) e-Learning Days statute outlines how Minnesota school districts can implement these instructional days. According to the statute:

--Definition: "E-learning day" means a school day where a school offers full access to online instruction provided by students' individual teachers due to inclement weather.


--Each student's teacher must be accessible both online and by telephone during normal school hours on an e-learning day to assist students and parents.


--Notify parents and students at least two hours prior to the normal school start time that students need to follow the e-learning day plan for that day.


--Notify parents and students of the e-Learning Day plan at the beginning of the school year. (Notification for the 2018-2019 school year occurred during fall conferences and via email during the Fall Semester.)


--Accommodations for students without sufficient access to the Internet, hardware or software in their homes. (School administration, teachers, and other staff continually work with families to ensure equitable access to online learning resources including distributing “hot spots” or alternative resources.)